Team Aus­tria Gears up for the Win­ter Olympics

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The 23rd Win­ter Olympic Games will take place this year from Fe­bru­ary 9 to 25, in Pyeongchang, South Korea. About 3,000 ath­letes from 95 na­tions will com­pete in more than 100 dis­ci­plines, with Aus­tria send­ing more than 120 ath­letes. The last three Win­ter Olympic Games were re­ward­ing for the Aus­trian team. In Sochi 2014, they brought home a to­tal of 17 medals (4 gold), in Van­cou­ver 2010, a very re­spectable 16 medals (4 gold) and in Turin in 2006 an out­stand­ing amount of 23 medals (9 gold). With a to­tal of 218 medals, 59 of which gold, the Alpine Repub­lic stands proudly on the sixth place of the all-time medal ta­ble of the Olympic Win­ter Games, be­hind only Ger­many, Rus­sia, Nor­way, the United States and Canada. The dis­tance to the fifth place is only three gold medals, so Aus­tria banks on its ski stars Mar­cel Hirscher and Anna Fen­ninger to close the gap.

NEED TO KNOW

Aus­tria has won more medals in alpine ski­ing than any other na­tion. Also, don’t be sur­prised if all your Aus­trian friends will be glued to the tele­vi­sion at un­godly times in Fe­bru­ary.

WHAT OTH­ERS SAID

“Schi­i­i­i­i­i­ifoan!” – Wolf­gang Am­bros

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